The Chennai city central crime branch (CCB) sleuths arrested three persons from Delhi in connection with bank fraud and phishing calls. The gang, identified as Deepak Kumar, Devakumar and Wilson, was brought from Delhi to Chennai and were remanded in judicial custody by a magistrate court in the city.
Investigators, while describing the modus operandi of the suspects, said that the gang pilfered cash from victims’ bank accounts after collecting their personal credentials using a mobile application. While police teams are camping in Delhi and Bengaluru to nab the absconded key suspects involved in the scam, the police said that the suspects had cheated a large number of people in the city through phishing and emptied their bank accounts.
They usually call their victims on mobile phones claiming to be from the bank and inform them that the validity of their credit or debit card would be suspended immediately if they fail to provide the details they ask for. Believing them, the victims give the callers the details and also provide them with OTPs, which help the fraudsters to complete bank transactions, the police noted.
The suspects also lured their victims by offering loans. The three arrested men are suspected to have swindled nearly Rs 3 crore from victims in Chennai, the police added.
Sources said that the police receive 12-15 complaints of phishing on a daily basis.